It is the week before Mooseburger Camp!
That means we are CRAZY BUSY getting ready for 100 clowns who are coming to town from all over the USA and overseas! It is a very exciting time.
Not to fear — Pricilla Mooseburger Originals is still available to take care of your clown costume and supply needs. Mary and Katie are taking care of the shop while I’m teaching at clown camp.
It seems like the perfect time to talk about over-scheduling yourself!
Okay, okay, I am the queen of over-commitment, being a self-proclaimed neurotic over-achiever.
But that is changing.
You know why?
After 30 plus years of clowning and running my own businesses, I am learning to say that dreaded word “NO”!
Yes, I have learned to say “NO” to:
- Well-meaning requests
- Some really fun opportunities
- Some really nice people
(Hey, this week we are even saying “NO” to putting out a full-blown newsletter!)
While “NO” seems negative, it can be a very positive thing.
Saying “NO” opens you up to doing a better job to the things you have already committed to. It does not diminish the validity of the offer; there is just no more room on your plate.
How to say “NO”
A Reba McEntire said: “To succeed in life you need three things: a wishbone, a backbone and a funny bone.” So if you have a hard time refusing something, you’ll first need to develop a backbone before you can start saying “NO”.
Saving “NO” can be done in a simple formula:
- Positive, positive, negative, positive
Here’s an example of a conversation of this formula in practice:
“Wow that sounds like a great event. (positive) You have put a lot of work into it, and I bet it will be a huge success. (positive) I’m sorry but I just don’t have the time in my schedule to commit to your event. (negative) Thank you for asking me; I really appreciate it. (positive)
Always leave folks with a positive!
As clowns, we usually don’t have a problem with being positive.
We try to avoid anything negative; which means we don’t have much practice with saying “NO”.
If you always say “YES” and never say “NO”, what does that make? A grumpy, double-booked exhausted clown.
Nobody likes being that way, and you won’t be able to perform at your best.
Think about it. What is the alternative?
If you consider saying “NO” to what you don’t need, that leaves you with opportunity to say “YES” to what you love.
More articles to help you deal with stressful situations:
- How to cope with grief and keep clowning
- When “funny” isn’t enough – Dealing with depression and suicide
- Dealing with transitions in your life
- You never know who will be touched by your presence
- How should clowns react when tragedy strikes?
- Here are the steps you should take during an on-site accident
Mooseburger Clown Arts Education has been running one of the world’s most well-rounded clown schools since 1996. Performers from all over the globe travel to Minnesota each summer for a fun and intensive clown training program. Each aspect of our clown camp is designed to meet your needs and boost your confidence as an entertainer.
Whether you want to join the circus, visit nursing homes, run your own birthday party business, paint faces, or twist balloons, there is something just for you at Mooseburger Clown Arts Camp.
Or call me toll-free to discuss your education and see if Mooseburger is the right fit for you: 800-973-6277